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Don McLean Facing Five Additional Charges Related to Domestic Violence Arrest

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Additional charges have been filed against Don McLean following his January arrest related to an alleged domestic violence incident.

According to People, the new charges against McLean include criminal threatening, terrorizing, criminal restraint, obstruction and criminal mischief. The magazine learned of the charges from a source on the side of the prosecution in the case, who says that the singer has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

On Jan. 18, police were called to McLean’s Camden, Maine, home at around 2AM. McLean was charged with a domestic violence misdemeanor and spent a few hours in Knox County Jail before posting $10,000 bail and being released around 11:30AM. On Jan. 21, the singer released a statement explaining, in part, that “[w]hat is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30 year relationship … There are no winners or losers, but I am not a villain …”

McLean’s wife, Patrisha McLean, had obtained a temporary order of protection against her husband following the alleged assault. However, a request for a more permanent order of protection was dismissed following a request from the couple. According to a statement, “[n]either party is seeking a divorce,” and the couple is now looking to “move forward and rebuild their lives.”

After releasing his debut album, Tapestry, in 1970, Don McLean scored the biggest hit of his career with “American Pie” one year later. In 1980, he earned a Top 10 hit on the country charts with “Crying,” originally recorded by Roy Orbison, from his Chain Lightning album; he also covered Hank Williams‘ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” on Chain Lightning. McLean and his wife have been married since 1987. The couple has two children and live on a 200-acre estate dubbed Lakeview.

McLean’s next scheduled court hearing will take place in early April.

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